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How to Get Flat Iron Beach Waves, According to an Expert

Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your beach day mane. The perfectly tousled, effortlessly textured wave is becoming a year-round staple. And for a good reason—the versatile low key look can be worn for almost any occasion. Needless to say, the beachy wave is a look you’ll want to master. So how do you get the look? With a flat iron, surprisingly. We sat down with UK-based stylist Sophie Parkinson to find out how to achieve beach waves with a flat iron. Read on for expert-approved tips.

How to Get Beach Waves With a Flat Iron, Step-by-Step

Step 1: Prep the hair.

It all starts with just a simple two-step product-and-drying process. “I love to use the R&Co Bleu Tonic and Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil on damp towel dried hair,” Parkinson says. Once the product is applied, she dries the hair “as smooth as possible using a hot hair dryer and a round brush.” 

But the prep doesn’t stop once the hair is completely dry. “I [then] re-apply a small amount of R&Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil,” Parkinson explains. Her top tip for the perfect prepped mane? “Once the hair is dry put your hairdryer onto a low, cool setting and blow directly over all the hair to close the cuticle—this helps to smooth.”

Step 2: Section and style.

To begin styling, Parkinson likes to section the hair starting at the nape of the neck. “I always like to use a Cloud Nine Flat Wide Iron,” she recommends. “Take small sections, preferably one-inch wide, and start to wave each section with your wide irons,” Parkinson continues. You may need to adjust the iron temperature depending on the hair texture and condition.

Step 3: Cool and finish.

“Once you have worked your way all around the head, use flat section clips to set the waves in place whilst you leave the hair to cool for five minutes,” Parkinson says. When the waves are cooled, she then removes the clips and brushes the waves out with a wide-tooth comb to loosen them. Then simply set your waves with your choice of hairspray (she loves R&Co’s Bleu Cult Classic) or texture spray to add a bit of oomph.

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